Wednesday, January 1, 2014

The Truth About Treadmill Desks

More and more companies are beginning to use treadmill desks. Essentially, a treadmill desk is exactly what it sounds like. A desk that is attached to a treadmill so employees can work on their fitness while doing their job. Sounds pretty interesting right? According to Owen Thomas, who is editor-in-chief of ReadWrite, usually walks about 10 miles a day when he's not traveling. Thomas has dropped 13 pounds so far ever since using this treadmill desk. But has the treadmill desk made him more productive you may ask? "Measuring overall work output is tough because I hop on and off a lot," says Thomas. "Don't think of this as a piece of gym equipment in the office. Think of it as a way to turn desk time into walking time-- a walking meeting with yourself," says Thomas. Owen Thomas recruited two of his colleagues to convert to treadmill desks, who originally thought they could get their afternoon run in. Unlike those treadmills at the gym, the top speed of most treadmill desks are 4 miles per hour. Thomas usually keeps his pace at 3 miles per hour since he finds that he can't walk and type at a faster pace than that. There are quite a few benefits of treadmill desks. According to Susan Orlean, who is a New Yorker writer, she claims that this exercise helps her concentration. She claims that your body is walking and your brain can be busy being a brain. To learn more about treadmill desks and how they may or may not be right for your business, click here.